Buy Local Week, benefits and a parade of dark beers on the calendar this week

The fifth annual Buy Local Week began last Friday and runs through this Friday, November 30. The campaign coincides with the most popular week for holiday shopping and urges shoppers to support local retailers, markets and restaurants. Visit the website for a guide and information on "cash mobs" going down today and Wednesday.

Here's a taste of what else in on the culinary calendar this week:

Monday, November 26:

The week after Thanksgiving is a good time to mark Meatless Monday at Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, or Duo, 2413 West 32nd Avenue. Call 303-477-4141 for more information on the menus.

Tuesday, November 27:

Infinite Monkey Theorem is hosting Save the Chimp tonight at 6 p.m. Tickets to the fundraiser cost $30 and include two glasses of wine and eats from Caveman Cafeteria food truck; there will also be live African drumming, a silent auction, tours and barrel tastings. Proceeds from the night will benefit the New Nature Foundation efforts to protect Kibale National Park in Western Uganda; visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.Wednesday, November 28:

Parisi Italian Market & Deli, 4401 Tennyson Street, is offering a multi-course, prix fixe menu featuring classic dishes from the Friuli region of Italy for $30 this evening. Service begins at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-561-0234 for reservations.

Thursday, November 29:

EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, will serve as a runway for a holiday fashion show from the Boutique Collection of Larimer Square today from noon to 2 p.m. The show costs $22 and includes a prix fixe lunch menu. Space is limited; call 303-389-3343 for more information.Friday, November 30:

The weekly Friday wine tasting at Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, gets a boost from Buy Local Week. The free tasting runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes cheese pairings and discounts on bottles of wine at this very local store.

Saturday, December 1:

Pizza Fusion, 571 East Colfax Avenue, continues its monthly buy-one-get-one deal today in honor of National Mindfulness Day; call the organic pizza joint at 303-830-0223 for more information.

Wynkoop Brewery, 1634 18th Street, presents its annual Parade of Darks today from 1 to 4 p.m. The sampling showcases dark and strong ales from a number of local breweries, alongside chocolate and cheese pairings. Tickets are $35 in advance and $42 at the door (provided the event is not already sold out), and 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit the hunger-relief program at Metro CareRing.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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